i am going through the same thing on the weight gain side... iv have been on everything and its the only thing that works for me...i hate the side effect of the weight gain ... but i havent had anyother side effects on it...
Does anyone have awful swelling of feet and ankles while taking Lithium?
The weight gain could be due to an underactive thyroid. Lithium is famous for creating hypothyroidism of which a side effect is weight gain. If your hair is falling out, your nails are brittle and/or tearing, and your internal temperature is off (among other things), you might want to consult your pdoc or an endocrinologist.
I have had edema which is what it is called with you get swelling mainly in feet and ankles which can be caused by lithium. Best thing to do is put your feet right up in the air so the fluid can drain back down, if it doesn't get better after doing that go the doctor.
Hey, I don't know if i can help much, I also developed Hypothyroidism but they are not sure if it was caused by lithium or not as i had been on lithium for 2 years before i got hypothyroidism. I get the whole hair falling out and weight gain, week nails and fatigue too, and am on Levothyroxine and have thankfully have got my thyroid levels stable. Theatrically if your thyroid is stable you shouldn't get any of these symptoms and should be able to continue taking the lithium as normal so maybe find out where your thyroid is at and go from there.
Hope this helps
I have it the other way around, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was prescribed levothiroxine, 3 years later or so with bipolar disorder, prescribed valproic acid, after that, 3 or 4 years later, began to gain weight dramatically, so I was diagnosed with polychistic ovarian syndrome, prescribed hormones, specifically Diane 35, and then changed to lithium 1200mg. Honest to god I feel worst than ever, my thyroid is controlled, my mood is stable, my ovaries are clean but I feel sick all the time, my stomach is in pain, I feel light-headed, fatigue, there are days in which I can barely get off bed. If I'm so controlled why do I feel like ****? I have a suspicion is the medicine, because I didn't had symptoms as strong as now, maybe the lithium? Those side effects in the first moth taking it were the are alike to what I feel today. I don't know, doctors are ignoring me and I'm really really losing my patience